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Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,107 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,107
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 15
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
An ale of enlightenment created to aid in deciphering the puzzles along life's road, and to interpret signs in the voyages of the spirit. Blind Faith is an extremely well-balanced India Pale Ale with a crisp, refreshing hop bitterness and a deep malt body to match.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: pezoids on 08-04-2001)
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Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +12.7%

redfox405, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of RickS95
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Certainly not the appearance of an IPA you'll find in the States, but more fitting of those across the pond. The color is anything but pale. More or less a deep, rich, orangey amber. Not quite hazy, but thick enough that light can't get through it. The head is very thick with good staying power. It first falls around the edges leaving a peak in the middle. Lots of thick lace.

Malty nose, somewhat vegetal...smells like the sauerkraut I had with dinner. Yeasty.

Doesn't have much character. Very bready, crackerlike taste. Again, slightly vegetal. Earthy hops in the swallow with more malt coming through.

The first half is kind of blah. There's not much happening. Eventually, the hops provide some bitter and the malt gives some sweetness, and like the smell, I'm getting sauerkraut again.

Very ordinary. Nothing to write home about. Just lacks character, like it doesn't know what kind of beer it wants to be. Goes down easy enough, but needs more bite for an IPA. The troops of lore wouldn't want much of this.

RickS95, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of kevmcdin2003
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

kevmcdin2003, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of JMurphy41
4/5  rDev +12.7%

JMurphy41, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Trent
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Trent, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of CM31
3/5  rDev -15.5%

CM31, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of KVNBGRY
3/5  rDev -15.5%

KVNBGRY, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of cousineddy
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

cousineddy, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

mattparsons, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of TheBigLebrewski
1.9/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Large to medium sized bubbles made up a 3/4inch, light brown head that dissipated a bit quicker than you'd hope. Beer is only a bit darker than mass market honey.

Smell is neutral, if not unappealingly acrid. Not far from the way a flemish sour can smell, though to a far lesser degree. Didn't hit until pretty deep in the nostril. Were I in a more childish mood I might give it a watermelon warhead read.

Here's where the subjective assessment of a beer's style clause is relevant. In terms of the brewing process, they probably didn't lie to us. But in realms such as flavor, this is not an IPA. The English aspects are present - some long lasting pale malt mellow-sweet flavor - and are actually pleasant if you're not expecting any real bitterness. Indeed, this isn't even on the better side of macro-produced IPAs. It is far too mild. Most Pale Ales from microbrewers are far hoppier in flavor. In mouthfeel, there is certainly evidence of hops, but you'll forget by the time the beer hits your belly.

Aftertaste, as do most imitation microbrews, certainly evidences astringent and metallic tints - as did many aspects of this beer.

All in all: A great beer to buy for the bottle if the spot next to #9 on the frat mantle is empty. Not worth money if you enjoy craft beer. And Anheuser Busch doesn't need it.

TheBigLebrewski, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -15.5%

harpus, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of brewcore
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Copper penny in color. A two finger slightly off-white head with good retention. Lots of carbonation up the sides of the glass. Exellent lacing.

S: Sweetness dominates the nose. Fruity with english hops. Faint metallic aroma.

T: An english IPA with a little more bitterness than usual for the style. Hops impart an orange peel citrus flavor with a slightly bitter and even more slight metallic finish. The malts are of biscuit.

M: The mouthfeel on this beer is thick considering the style and abv. Creamy and pleasant for a one beer session, but I don't think I could enjoy more than a couple on a warm day.

O: Interesting twist on the style and definitely worth trying. It's not often I find an English IPA on the shelves. Good, but not something I will seek out.

brewcore, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of GiantMidget
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

GiantMidget, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of hkyplyr73
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

hkyplyr73, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of matjack85
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this single 12oz brown bottle as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. That makes it $1.67 for one bottle. No freshness date.

The beer poured a hazy orange/copper color with a ½-finger of white head that lasted a little over a minute. Decent lacing.

Fruity and earthy smell, but lacking the big IPA hop aroma.

This is a pretty tame IPA. Slightly malty (caramel), and slightly fruity, with just a touch of mild earthy bitterness. It's decent, but there's no "wow" factor. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel, despite the high carbonation level.

Another so-so beer from a brewery that puts out a lot of ho hum beers despite the fact they often use unusual ingredients and have wild and crazy labels.

matjack85, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

WDJersey, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Mikecap
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Mikecap, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Returning as part of Magic Hat's I.P.A. on Tour Series, this is a Summer Seasonal beer, brewed in the English India Pale Ale style.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Magic Hat Pint Glass. Served at 43º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a beige-cream foamy head on top of a medium haze copper-orange body. Head retains quite well, leaving soapy suds lacing behind as it recedes. Carbonation is relaxed but plentiful. Overall its a nice impressive appearance from this IPA. 4.5

(Smell) Aroma is mild., consisting of mild tart grains, some fruity yeast esters, a faint grassy and resin hop character with a low bitterness overall. Smell is not particularly impressive and quite faint, you really have to try hard to pull much more out of this glass. Aroma is certainly milder by comparison to the big American bold IPAs making it much more approachable, although not very exciting overall. 3

(Taste) Mild buttery tart grainy malt with a resiny hop bitterness and a touch of musty pine. In terms of intensity, it's striking in comparison to what the aroma had me predicting, a significantly more bold, but still drinkable outcome. Alcohol presence is somewhat evident, as the body is a touch thin. Balance is nice although a bit hoppier than malty. Despite not having a "striking" hop character, the bitterness is well preserved nonetheless, and the malt, although a bit perky in flavor and thin in spots, is a decent compliment. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is mild, slick with a pleasant level of fizzy carbonation throughout. Body is light, a bit too light on the malt character, which would help balance the beer a bit more. Alcohol presence is also medium, most likely a result of the thin body. It's a surprise to how much of an impact that a bigger body could make on this drink. 3.5

(Overall) I certainly consider this one of Magic Hat's better IPAs on Tour, and now that I have had the last of their four seasonal IPAs I consider this one of the best (and more unique) at the moment, meaning that it's likely worth picking up a six pack of this, or perhaps a mixed 12 pack variety while it's still around. 4

Magic Hat Brewing Company's
Blind Faith
3.55/5.00

Jadjunk, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Stoutlad
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Stoutlad, Jul 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

cb2113, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of darcange
3/5  rDev -15.5%

darcange, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of SlaughteredWolf
3/5  rDev -15.5%

SlaughteredWolf, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a nice, light, coppery orange color. Decent clarity to the body. The head sits at about 1.25 fingers of fluffy off-white foam.

Aromas of copper and garden dominate the nose. A sign of English hops, and a lot of them. A bit of a marmalade character and some baking spice. But the metallic, green notes overwhelm the aroma.

The flavor of this beer is situated in-between an East Coast American IPA and an English IPA. There's sharp hop flavors of orange peel, pear, and even some passionfruit. Of course, those fruits are balanced by green hop flavors, and some metallic hop flavor too. The malts are biscuity and dry. The malts sort of clash with the passionfruit character, but the flavor is pretty nice overall. A bit strong for an English IPA, but that's probably a good thing from an American market standpoint.

The beer's only real disappointing note is the mouthfeel. It is quite thick for the style, and not particularly conducive to drinking.

Overall, this is an impressive effort from a brewery that I tend to hate. It's strong for an English IPA, but tastes pretty darn good. Magic Hat's best beer?

Reaper16, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of LibrariansLoveBEER
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

LibrariansLoveBEER, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Dbrag
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Dbrag, Jul 28, 2012
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,107 ratings.